BRIDGTON — Elizabeth “Betty” C. Denison, 81, of Harrison passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 20, with her family by her side.

Betty was born in Harrison, Feb. 8, 1930, the daughter of Finnish immigrants, John and Tyyne (Poikonen) Carlson. She married Philip H. Denison on May 26, 1956. She attended Harrison elementary schools and graduated from Bridgton Academy.

She worked at Crystal Lake Cottages as a young girl, then in Boston as a nanny prior to her marriage. She worked on the family farm and was a homemaker for the rest of her life. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She enjoyed camping, visiting places in Maine, bird watching, cooking and knitting. Phil and Betty also enjoyed a trip to Arizona, after his retirement. Her shelter dog, Murray, provided special comfort for her in recent years.

She was active in the United Parish Church and was a member of the Harrison Historical Society.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Hobie and wife, Martha Denison and Michael Denison and fiance, Julie Mannix; four grandchildren, William Denison and Leah Haney, Philip J. Denison and Brandon Denison, all of Harrison, and Ronald Denison and fiance, Sarah Hayes, of Poland; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Denison and Evelyn Hayes; a brother, J. Robert Carlson and his wife, Barbara, of Harrison; and two sisters, Mary and husband, George Michelson, of New Hampshire, and Martha and husband, Sam Olds, of California.

She was predeceased by a brother, A. William; and wife, Mary Carlson, of Harrison.

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